Know your cars! A look at the Beater a.k.a "Rat Rod"

- Something a little different today. Lets take a look at the phenomenon known as Rat Rods. Rat Rod is a derisive term for cars with out perfect finish. People in the scene prefer the term, Beater because Beater is Neater!
- Beaters became popular due to backlash from the the super slick Billet aluminum adorned Street Rods of the 1990's & early 2000's. While nice, those cars were far too expensive for the average person.
- Even the lowly pick-up truck can make a fine beater. Providing some Kustom touches are applied. The Cadillac front bumpers take this Chevy truck from nice Beater to Kustom.
- This Bel-Air Chevrolet is a fine example of a Beater. It has lowered suspension, but no body modifications.
- This Model A Ford is sporting a '60's era paint scheme and probably would fall into the Kustom label, if it wasn't for that super charger. I'm not sure how to classify it, so I'll just call it cool!
- '60's type paint schemes are not that common of a thing, but they are just about the only acceptable paint scheme that one can have on a car and still be considered a Kustom.
- Kustom cars & Beaters kinda go hand in hand. You will see more Beaters around as the Kustom scene was on it's last legs about 20 years ago.
- Shinny car owners look down at Beaters, mainly because Beaters tend to be lowered so much (get it!). I bet Beater Builders have probably saved more cars from the scrap iron pile than any other kind of builders.
- A prime example of Beater enthusiasts saving autos is this '30s Chevy pick up. Chevy used wood in their construction during this time & most early examples are gone. Not this little truck, saved by those baddy Rat Rodders!

Hide your cheese while we look at some rats!

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  • Would not call all those rat rods.

      2 years ago
    • Nope none of them had plastic rats glued to them, but luckily that fad is pretty much gone from the area I live in. Still some hold outs, but for the most part that's over with.

        2 years ago
  • That top one looks familiar!

      2 years ago
    • Would also look great with a giant Drivetribe on the trunk.... Cheers Chris!

        2 years ago
    • I'm still working on that! First I have to get the leaky transmission fixed. I've got until the 15th of Sep, so It should all come together!

        2 years ago
  • Pretty bad ass read with some bad ass cars. Always enjoyed a good rat rod/beater

      2 years ago